Journalists

Journalists are the ones who seek and collect information from various sources and distribute it as news to a wider audience through means such as newspapers, radio, television or internet. The term journalist covers a wide category of professionals involved in the collection and presentation of information especially through publishing and broadcasting means. Journalism is a very demanding profession, especially in today’s fast-paced life. Journalists are known to work long and grueling hours, visit inhospitable places, and interact with unreceptive people in their quest to gather valuable information in the quickest possible manner. Journalists may work as reporters who research for information and write reports for the publications they work for. And there are photojournalists who convey their messages through photographs accompanied by a story or caption. There are some journalists who cover all types of stories, ranging from current affairs to global politics, while some others choose to specialize in a given category like sports or crime. This field also includes feature writers who write longer pieces to provide background to a popular news story and specialist writers who provide columns and commentary on topics such as food, traveling, relationships, entertainment, etc. Journalism is a dynamic field, ever evolving to include newer genres like alternative journalism, convergence journalism and new journalism. Read on to learn about the life and works of famous journalists from all over the world.

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 1 Megyn Kelly

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Megyn Kelly is a well-known American journalist and political commentator. She had a successful career at Fox News and NBC News, where she did reporting and anchored many shows. She quit television and launched her media production company in 2020. She hosts the The Megyn Kelly Show podcast. She has also written an autobiography titled Settle for More.

 2 Anderson Cooper

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.

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 3 George Orwell

George Orwell
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: January 21, 1950

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

 4 Hunter S. Thompson

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Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.

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 5 Gloria Steinem

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

 6 Preity Zinta

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Famous As: Actor, Model, Journalist
Birthdate: January 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
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 7 Nigella Lawson

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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.
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 8 Virginia Vallejo

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Colombian

Virginia Vallejo is a Colombian journalist and author. After Vallejo claimed that many Colombian politicians and presidents were benefiting from the leading cocaine cartels, she was granted asylum in the USA in order to help the DEA and the Justice Department in cases pertaining to the Colombian drug cartels. Her book, Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, was made into a film.

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 9 Arnab Goswami

Arnab Goswami
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Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: March 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 10 Wagner Moura

Wagner Moura
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian

 11 Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Malcolm Gladwell is best known for his bestselling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He has also written for The New Yorker and The Washington Post. His writings encompass subjects such as psychology, economics, and sociology. Gladwell has also co-founded a podcast company and hosts the podcast Revisionist History.

 12 David Muir

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Multiple Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning anchor David Muir is best known as a co-host of 20/20 and ABC's World News. His coverage of the 9/11 attacks earned him a National Headliner Award. One of the most-watched U.S. journalists, he was named to People's 2014 Sexiest Men Alive list. 
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 13 Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Painter
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 17, 2012

 14 Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Barbara Walters is an American retired television personality and broadcast journalist. Renowned for her popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as the host of several popular TV shows. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host shows like Today and ABC Evening News. In 1996, she was named in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars list.

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 15 Stephen A. Smith

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Stephen A. Smith is an American sports journalist, sports radio host, and sports television personality. Known for his use of popular catchphrases, such as stay off the weed and blasphemous, Smith has been playing a major role in the success of ESPN's First Take. He also appears on SportsCenter and hosts his own radio show, The Stephen A. Smith Show.

 16 Kaitlan Collins

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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Blogger
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Kaitlan Collins is one of the most popular and influential American journalists of the current generation. As a White House correspondent for CNN, Collins traveled to at least six different countries with Donald Trump. She made headlines when she questioned Trump about Vladimir Putin, for which she was forbidden from attending a Trump administration press conference in 2018.

 17 Tamron Hall

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

 18 Lester Holt

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Lester Holt is an American journalist who is the face of 'NBC News' since 2000. He hosts and co-hosts some of NBC's important programs, such as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. In 1990, he was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work. In 2015, he was made an inductee of the California Hall of Fame.

 19 Gayle King

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

 20 Ronan Farrow

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Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American journalist Ronan Farrow played a major role in reporting the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His work, which was published in The New Yorker, earned the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also responsible for exposing allegations against personalities like jurist Brett Kavanaugh, media executive Les Moonves, and politician Eric Schneiderman.

 21 Craig Sager

Craig Sager
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 15, 2016

 22 Ann Curry

Ann Curry
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Guamanian, American

 23 Bart Starr

Bart Starr
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, American football player, Journalist
Birthdate: January 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 24 Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 14, 2016

 25 Niall Ferguson

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Famous As: Writer, Economic historian, Historian, University teacher, Journalist, Economist
Birthdate: April 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 26 Harris Faulkner

Harris Faulkner
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Newscaster and TV host, Harris Faulkner, is currently associated with  Fox News Channel.  She hosts her own prime time political franchise called Town Hall America with Harris Faulkner and also a daily daytime show The Faulkner Focus. A much-respected figure in the TV industry, she is the recipient of six Emmy Awards and the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 27 Jane Pauley

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 28 Jemele Hill

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 29 Anthea Turner

Anthea Turner
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 30 Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist
Birthdate: October 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 31 Jeremy Vine

Jeremy Vine
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 32 Andi Peters

Andi Peters
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 33 Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine Kelly
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British, Scottish

 34 Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 35 Trevor McDonald

Trevor McDonald
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Trinidadian, British

 36 Joy Reid

Joy Reid
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 37 Deborah Roberts

Deborah Roberts
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: September 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 38 Vanessa Feltz

Vanessa Feltz
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 39 Zoë Ball

Zoë Ball
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 40 Esther Rantzen

Esther Rantzen
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 41 John Dickerson

John Dickerson
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 42 Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Presenter
Birthdate: January 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 43 Charlotte Hawkins

Charlotte Hawkins
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: May 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 44 Bob Woodruff

Bob Woodruff
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 45 April Ryan

April Ryan
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 46 Paul Mason

Paul Mason
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Famous As: journalist, writer, trade unionist
Birthdate: January 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 47 Evan Davis

Evan Davis
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 48 Mary Ann Shadd

Mary Ann Shadd Cary
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 5, 1893

 49 Matt Haig

Matt Haig
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 50 Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot
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Famous As: Journalist, Economist, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 24, 1877
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